Mike's Birthday
Walt Disney World -- April 2010 -- Part 10
We enjoyed going slow and seeing things that we had missed before.
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After leaving "Pixie Hollow," we made our way back over to World Showcase and went to the San Angel Inn
Restaurant in the Mexican Pavilion for dinner -- my birthday dinner.

D and I both love the restaurant here. Even though you are inside a building, you'd swear you were in a tiny
Mexican village alongside a river with a temple and mountains in the background. The scene is an outdoor
restaurant next to a shopping bazaar at evening time and with the huge outdoor scenes around you including a river
with people riding by on a boat tour, a volcano in the distance erupting, bird and cricket sounds, fake buildings
around the bazaar area, you are totally "sucked into believing" that it is all real.

We had a wonderful meal complete with great Margaritas and a Mexican rendition of Happy Birthday sung to me
as I blew out the candle on the little cup cake they had brought me.

By the time we came out of the restaurant, the sun was down and a beautiful nighttime scene was all around us.
World Showcase looks fantastic at night with all the lights on the buildings, etc. We again elected to not stay up
for the Illuminations Show and walked slowly back to our hotel.

Early the next morning, we had a quick cup of coffee and some cinnamon rolls in the hotel café and then caught the
Disney bus for Animal Kingdom. This is D's favorite park because she loves animals so much.  After making our way
in, we headed for the Africa section of the park so that we could go on the "Kilimanjaro Safari" ride.

What makes this ride so fantastic is that you are actually riding in huge four-wheel drive open air type trucks
that are being driven by drivers that actually have to steer it -- not one of those rides that follows along
on a guide rail.

The ride is noisy at times, bumpy, bouncing back and forth, up and down as you slosh across streams, rickety old
bridges, etc., but bottom line -- it is fantastic!